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Aquatic Activities for the Longest Day of the Year


It’s rare for the stars to truly align in perfect fashion. When everything goes perfectly right, you are in for an absolutely fantastic time. This year is one of those years.

That’s because the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, falls on Friday, June 21st. That means that the best day for a long evening of fun with the family can be spent without worrying about school or work the next day.

It’s time to take full advantage of the excitement with a great afternoon of recreation. If you’re not sure how to live it up in the sun, we’ve got a few recommendations for aquatic fun for the longest day of the year, and with your own outdoor plumbing!

Break a Land Speed Slip and Slide Record

The summer solstice is a great opportunity for a fun and safe adrenaline rush. By setting up a slip and slide, the whole family can feel the rush of hurtling at seemingly top speed in refreshing fun.

While there are plenty of options to just buy a slip and slide at the store, you can make your own at home in just a few easy steps.

  • Start by selecting a durable and heavy-duty plastic sheet. It needs to be durable or else it will be prone to tearing. Lay it down the length of your slip and slide track.
  • Anchor the sheet with landscape anchors. Ensure that the anchors are flush with the ground so that riders don’t injure themselves. If you like, you may reinforce the sides with something soft, like pool noodles, for extra safety.
  • Add some dish soap (not too much!) to add some sudsy lubrication and ensure that everyone makes it down the track with good speed.
  • Turn the sprinkler on and start sliding. An added bonus is you’ll be hydrating your lawn at the same time!

Spray Down Your Family In a Hose War

Nothing feels better as a parent than getting to douse your kids in a clean and fun hose war. Obviously, these are super easy to get started, just turn the water on and go.

Since we’re in California and we should always be conscious of water usage, even when we aren’t in a drought, there are some water conscious ways to participate.

You can use a hose nozzle so the water isn’t continually running. Another option is to use water guns, achieving the same goal.

Start a Neighborhood Water Balloon Fight

Another inexpensive option to add to a hose fight is to bring in the water balloons. Without a whole lot of added expense, you’ve added a whole new dimension to the aquatic war that can enable it to spread across entire neighborhoods.

Just invest a bit of time in filling up the balloons and you are good to go. Or, if time is of the essence, you can find novelty gadgets at the store to help you fill up a ton of balloons in no time flat. Fill em’, tie em’, and throw em’ to get the battle to begin.

Even if you don’t take any of these obviously epic suggestions, you should still make sure you utilize the extra long daylight of Friday, June 21st to the fullest. Just take care to be cognizant of your water use, even during the fun. If you have any questions (or want to challenge us to a water fight), you can reach Albert Nahman Services by calling (510) 876-9725 .

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